May 1st, 8pm Scott Cossu & Lonnie Mardis, Concert

Scott Cossu Benefit Concert, May 1, 2015, 8 pm

Funds, from this benefit, will be used to update the electrical system and add a heater to the currently unheated lab/classroom space at the Estuarium.


Tickets: $20/$15 students/low income

Scott Cossu, world renowned jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and recording artist.  His music is a unique blend of jazz, classical, and world music styles.  We are delighted that Scott  will perform a benefit concert for South Sound Estuary Association on:

May 1, 2015, 8:00 pm, 

Tradition’s Cafe,

300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA

imagesScott will be joined by Lonnie Mardis, guitarist. He resides in Seattle where he is in demand as a performer and composer. Recently he was selected to write for the NW Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Grammy award winning David Sabee; the resulting ‘El Espirito de la Cancion’ is included on the album, ‘Celebrate World Music’, which won the Independent Music Award popular vote for best contemporary classical album and is available online at CD Baby.

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April 7th SSEA Annual Meeting – Please join us!

2015 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition

April 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, Capitol Museum Coach House,

214 – 22nd Ave. SW, Olympia.

Speaker: Eric Erler, former Executive Director, Capit0l Land Trust, “Conserving the Richness of South Sound Estuaries”

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As Capitol Land Trust’s Executive Director, Eric has played a major role in land conservations efforts and knows how important estuary habitat is to the well-being of south Puget Sound. He is a thoughtful and entertaining presenter. You will enjoy hearing what he has to share with us.


Please put this event on your calendar and join us for a wonderful evening.

Food, Refreshments, Presentation by Eric, Volunteer Recognition, Honored Guests, Board Elections.

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March 19th 7 – 8:30 pm Discovery Speaker

pearson_scott“What is happening to Puget Sound’s marine birds?”   The answer to this question is complicated and depends on where and when you look and which species you examine.  To illustrate this point, Scott Pearson will compare how population trends between species that only spend the winter in the Puget Sound region with those that nest locally.  In addition, he will examine potential reasons for differences in population trends by exploring several species in more detail, including the marbled murrelet, tufted puffin, rhinoceros auklet and western grebe.

Scott Pearson, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Wildlife Science Division, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

NOTE: Joe Everson, previously announced speaker, is unable to attend.

LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.

DOORS open at 6:30.  Arrive early and enjoy the interactive displays.

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Beach Naturalists Needed

BeachNaturalistVolunteerBecome a Beach Naturalist!

Join our Beach Naturalist learning community for the 5th full summer of sharing knowledge on beach, arousing curiosity, and feeling connections to the critters and the amazing intertidal and nearshore habitats they live in.  Inspire to increase our own and the sound’s greater health and joy.

For more information and updates: See Naturalist and/or email or call Wendy (360) 866-1554 or 208 859-6239, 


Classroom: 5 – Save these Thursday evenings, 6-9pm: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28.

On-the-Beach: Two weekend days,  Saturday, April 18 plus another to be determined between Saturday, May 9, 3-5 pm; Sunday, May 17, 11–1 pm; or May 30, 10-noon.
Field Trip: Squaxin Museum and Taylor Shellfish in planning.

Training Locations: 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia (; South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia; Burfoot County and Tolmie State Parks.

 Registration Fees and Book Pre-Order:

$50 for New Beach Naturalists (includes individual SSEA membership).

$40 for Returning Beach Naturalists (includes 2015 SSEA membership).

$5 for returning Beach Naturalists with a 2015 membership.

Optional – add $15 (special price) for our “textbook” Puget Sound’s Wildside.

  • Student/Low-income – call about possible discounts.


*Note – Until system update is complete, this form will download as a Word document.
Save As [please add Your Last and First Name in front of downloaded  name].  Fill out and Re-Save the document.
  • write across the top – 2015 BN registration- (fill in other interests, too – we will forward it on)
  • Include under phones Times to Call you – best _____, earliest __, latest __
  • To guarantee your spot for training, enclose a check and write close to top of application –  Enclosed Check For  $___.
  • Send in application (to PO Box 2182, Olympia, WA 98507 OR email Wendy and attach)
After Training Service: Five 3 hour shifts as Beach Naturalist or other SSEA opportunities including spring school groups on the beach. 

   We look forward to having you join us to      

            Explore • Connect • Inspire

THANK YOU!  See you April 16!

Wendy Eklund
Beach Naturalist, Program Manager

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March 6, 7 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

Pier Peer at Boston Harbor

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Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina is a nighttime underwater lighting event.  Held Friday night, March 6, 2015 7 pm.  For reservations, click on events/pier peer.

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Feb. 19th, 7pm, Capital Lake Assessment, Chris Page, Ruckelshaus Center

ChrisPage_000February 19, Results from the Ruckelshaus Center’s Capital Lake Assessment

Chris Page from the Ruckelshaus Center will share with us their approach to collaborative problem solving, how they applied the process for the Olympia’s Capital Lake assessment and a summary of the results.

Lott WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia, Doors open at 6:30.  Presentation from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

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March 31, 2015 Olympia Little Theatre Benefit Performance


March 31, 2015, 7:55pm

Olympia Little Theatre is offering a Benefit Performance for South Sound Estuary Association.  Tickets $10.

The play is Laughing Stock by Charles Morey.

It is a funny and genuinely affectionate look at the magic that lies at the heart of the theatrical world.  When “The Playhouse” a rustic New England summer theater schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt, predictably confusion ensues.  Follow company from auditions to opening night…the elation of a great play well-told and the comic and nostalgic final night of the season.

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Needed Educators for Education component of the Estuarium

Judy teachesSouth Sound Estuary Association is seeking 2 individuals to work part-time with 5th graders in the classroom environmental education component of the Estuarium. During 2015 we will provide the landforms science curriculum to a maximum of 28 classes, 2 at a time for 14 separate visits. There two curriculum elements – one, that takes place in the Estuarium, uses Budd Inlet historic dredging and landfill as a learning tool and the other is a walking tour of downtown’s historic shoreline.

We will contract with 2 individuals to be responsible for a portion of the curriculum. These individuals will work as a a team with Betsea Antonio, Estuarium Operations Manager.

Desirable qualifications: BA/BS in environmental studies, with marine and estuary focus. Experience with teaching/classroom instruction and working with 10 – 12 year olds. Like working with kids. Available weekdays. Flexible schedule to fit the scheduling needs of school groups. Reliable.

Must Pass a WA State Patrol background check.

Reimbursement: Per group visit. Specifics available to qualified candidates.


If interested submit, letter of interest with a completed volunteer form (found at under Volunteering tab) and name/contact information for 2 referenced to by Friday, February 13th, 5 pm.

Questions can also be directed to

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Join us at the February 6th, 7 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

Sign up for our February 6th Pier Peer. We had so much fun last month! We saw a Sea Lemon!…/Sea_Lemon.html

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SSEA ANNUAL MEETING – April 7th, 6:00 – 8:30pm

HOLD the date for the upcoming SSEA Annual Meeting on April 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 at the Capitol Museum Coach House, 214 – 22nd Ave. SE, Olympia.

Food, Refreshments, Speaker, Volunteer Recognition, Board Elections.

Please put this event on your calendar and join us for a wonderful evening.

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